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Thursday 11th July 2002
Hospice appeal passes milestone
Artist's is impression of the new hospice
Artist's is impression of the new hospice
The appeal to raise money for a new children's hospice to serve the two counties has raised half a million pounds in three months.
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There are now 25 residential children's hospices in the UK, with 15 more planned. Acorns Selly Oak was the third in the world when it was opened in 1988. They opened their second hospice, Acorns Walsall, in 1999.

Acorns has helped more than 900 families in the past 14 years. They care for children who are unlikely to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.

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A fundraising appeal to build a new hospice to support local life-limited children and their families has passed £500,000 in only three months.

The Acorns Three Counties Appeal, launched in April, now stands at £538,246.

In June alone, the appeal raised a massive £150,000, with £62,068 generated community fundraising. Worcestershire fundraisers contributed £51,071 and fundraisers in Herefordshire £1,909.

Donations from other areas, individual pledges and donations from companies and trusts made up the remainder of the month’s total figure.

"The donations and pledges we’ve received in June make it our best month so far.

To top the £500,000 mark is fantastic in such a short space of time," said Fran Winterbourn, community fundraising co-ordinator.

To illustrate how the fundraising campaign is going, a tree with a difference has just been ‘planted’ on the site for new children’s hospice in Bath Road, Worcester.

The tree is in fact a fundraising totaliser and indicates the key stages along the fundraising path up to the appeal target of £4m.

"We wanted to put something on site so people can see for themselves the tremendous progress being made with the fundraising campaign and hopefully encourage more people to support the Three Counties Appeal," said Mike Cartledge, project manager for the new hospice.

You can keep an eye on the total raised with our online totaliser.

The new 10-bedded hospice will offer support and specialist facilities for some 150 life-limited children in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and is expected to open in 2004.

To make a donation to the appeal or find out how you could help with fundraising, contact Acorns on 01905 767676 or visit
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